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Adjusting to the New Alcohol Research: How I Do It

By on December 1st, 2011 Tags: , ,

In my column Alcohol and Cancer: You Can’t Drink to Your Health, we talked about the recent research that reaffirms the alcohol and breast cancer link — but also makes safe alcohol limits even lower than previously thought. Our column sparked a very good question from a community member:

Ktn says:

This is a hard one for me because I really enjoy a glass …

Alcohol and Cancer: You Can’t Drink to Your Health

By on November 9th, 2011 Tags: ,

A column by Melinda Beck in the November 1, 2011 Wall Street Journal gets right to the point: Regular drinking, even just two drinks a day, raises the risk of many types of cancer, including breast cancer.

The statistics she cites are sobering:

  • Men who drink three or more drinks a day have a 41% higher risk of dying of cancer.
  • Women who drink two

Getting to a Healthy Weight, One Good Choice at a Time

By on October 19th, 2011 Tags: , , ,

Like most women, weight has always been a sensitive topic for me. My mother says I was a greedy breastfeeder. As a toddler I’d lick my plate and ask for seconds. Adolescence brought on more cravings and less willpower, and adulthood hasn’t been any easier.

I love to eat much too much, and, darn it, eating too much means weighing too much. Weight loss has …

Back to the Tap (Water)

By on October 5th, 2011 Tags: , , ,

Many doctors recommend drinking 8 glasses of fluids a day to keep your systems flowing and going. Water is a much healthier zero-calorie beverage than soda, juice, or energy drinks. Clean drinking water straight from the tap was a great technological advance, and bottled water is an important backup for emergencies. In the last two decades though, bottled water sales skyrocketed as people turned away …

The Importance of Vitamin D

By on August 24th, 2011 Tags: , ,

Vitamin D helps our bodies absorb calcium, which is necessary for good bone health. Vitamin D also helps our immune, muscle, and nervous systems work properly. Plus, vitamin D may have an important role in maintaining normal breast cell growth, given emerging research results suggesting an association between a higher risk of breast cancer and low levels of vitamin D.

Vitamin D has been in …

The Possible Price of Beauty

By on August 12th, 2011 Tags: , ,

The chemicals in makeup, lotions, nail polish, shampoos, and other personal care products make many of us feel better, sleeker, and more confident. With a little help from this and that, together with a good hair day (I have strong-willed curly hair), I can get the charge I need to overcome procrastination and rise up to a new challenge.

Studies show that the average woman …

Plastics: Choose What to Use

By on July 29th, 2011 Tags: , , , ,

Plastic containers are incredibly convenient and nearly impossible to give up entirely. But  the chemicals in plastics can get into our food and drinks and affect our health and our environment. So, it makes sense to think about how to cut back on using plastic and find other kinds of containers. It also makes sense to think about the types of plastic you use, especially …

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